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AxlReznor -> My favourite films since 2010 (7/8/2012 12:37:42 PM)

Some of them may have been released prior to 2010 in other territories. I haven't been able to see anywhere near the amount of movies I'd like lately thanks to money problems, but this is what my list looks like so far...

Very Good Films - 7.5/10-8/10
50 - Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
49 - Little Big Soldier (Sheng Ding)
48 - The Town (Ben Affleck)
47 - The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec (Luc Besson)
46 - Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek)
45 - Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
44 - Robin Hood (Ridley Scott)
43 - The Social Network (David Fincher)
42 - Thor (Kenneth Branagh)
41 - Ip Man 2 (Wilson Yip)
40 - The Warrior's Way (Sngmoo Lee)
39 - Tron: Legacy (Joseph Kosinski)
38 - Four Lions (Christopher Morris)
37 - Whip It (Drew Barrymore)
36 - The Help (Tate Taylor)
35 - Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki)
34 - Bodyguards & Assassins (Teddy Chan)
33 - Let Me In (Matt Reeves)
32 - True Grit (The Coen Brothers)
31 - Attack The Block (Joe Cornish)
30 - How To Train Your Dragon (Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders)
29 - Easy A (Will Gluck)
28 - The Girl Who Played With Fire (Daniel Alfredson)
27 - Machete (Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis)
26 - The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson)

Great Films - 8/10-9/10
25 - Reign Of Assassins (Su-Chao-pin and John Woo) (still not released outside of Asia... thank God for Youtube)
24 - The Muppets (James Bobin)
23 - Source Code (Duncan Jones)
22 - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest (Daniel Alfredson)
21 - The Man From Nowhere (Lee Jeong-beom)
20 - The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc Webb)
19 - Aftershock (Feng Xiaogang)
18 - Salt (Phillip Noyce)
17 - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (American) (David Fincher)
16 - Warrior (Gavin O'Connor)
15 - Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Guy Ritchie)
14 - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Edgar Wright)
13 - Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau)
12 - X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn)
11 - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swedish) (Niels Arden Oplev)
10 - The Fighter (David O. Russell)
9 - Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn)
8 - Prometheus (Ridley Scott)
7 - Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston)
6 - Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
5 - Thirteen Assassins (Takashi Miike)
4 - Hugo (Martin Scorsese)

Amazing Movies - 9/10-10/10
3 - Inception (Christopher Nolan)
2 - The Avengers (Joss Whedon)
1 - The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)




elab49 -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (7/8/2012 1:03:16 PM)

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ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

25 - Reign Of Assassins (still not released outside of Asia... thank God for Youtube)



It got a R4 release (a lot of HK/Korean/Japanese films do that don't necessarily get over here quite so quickly).

It's stuff like this that makes the demise of HKflix all the more annoying.




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (8/8/2012 2:46:03 PM)

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ORIGINAL: elab49

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ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

25 - Reign Of Assassins (still not released outside of Asia... thank God for Youtube)



It got a R4 release (a lot of HK/Korean/Japanese films do that don't necessarily get over here quite so quickly).

It's stuff like this that makes the demise of HKflix all the more annoying.



CineAsia have been doing an impressive job so far. It just gets irritating when major studios buy the rights to films like that and then don't do anything with them, when company's like CineAsia tend to get them released within a year or so.
You'd have thought a movie in the same vein as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon featuring one of that movie's stars and co-directed by John Woo would be an obvious choice for a hasty European/US release, if only a limited or direct to DVD one.[&:]




elab49 -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (8/8/2012 2:58:39 PM)

My impression (for the films I tend to buy) is that they're a little slow release wise- I always end up getting the korean releases from my normal Korean site rather than wait around. I know it could be all bound up in rights, though - Third Window talk about that a bit.





AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (5/1/2015 11:53:28 AM)

Considering we are now halfway through the decade, I thought I'd bump this thread to update it with films released in the UK between January 1st 2010 and December 31st 2014.

150. Kung-Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson, 2011)

149. Paul (Greg Motolla, 2011)

148. Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2010)

147. Safe House (Daniel Espinosa, 2012)

146. Despicable Me 2 (Pierre Coffin/Chris Renaud, 2013)

145. The Warrior's Way (Sngmoo Lee, 2010)

144. Men In Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld, 2012)

143. Four Lions (Chris Morris, 2010)

142. God Bless America (Bobcat Goldthwaite, 2011)

141. The Angels' Share (Len Loach, 2012)




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (6/1/2015 9:23:57 AM)

140. Let Me In (Matt Reeves, 2010)

139. Attack The Block (Joe Cornish, 2011)

138. Easy A (Will Gluck, 2010)

137. Machete (Robert Rodriguez/Ethan Maniquis, 2010)

136. The Impossible (J.A. Bayona, 2012)

135. A Monster In Paris (Bibo Bergeron, 2010)

134. The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson, 2010)

133. The Muppets (James Bobin, 2012)

132. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (David Yates, 2010)

131. Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore, 2013)




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (7/1/2015 9:35:11 AM)

130. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest (Daniel Alfredson, 2010)

129. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino, 2010)

128. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010)

127. Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, 2010)

126. Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012)

125. Drug War (Johnnie To, 2012)

124. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)

123. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficara/John Requa, 2011)

122. Bedevilled (Chul-soo Jang, 2010)

121. Limitless (Neil Burger, 2011)




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (8/1/2015 9:29:02 AM)

120. The Conjuring (James Wan, 2013)

119. Troll Hunter (Andre Ovredal, 2010)

118. Fast & Furious 5 (Justin Lin, 2011) - a real surprise. I hadn't been a fan of this series at all up until this point.

117. Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh, 2013)

116. Hanna (Joe Wright, 2011) - Saoirse Ronan is one of the best young actresses around.

115. Fast & Furious 6 (Justin Lin, 2013)

114. Chef (Jon Favreau, 2013)

113. Kick-Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow, 2013)

112. Monsters University (Dan Scanlon, 2013)

111. Chronicle (Josh Trank, 2012)




Beetlejuice! -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (8/1/2015 11:58:49 PM)


Kung-Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson, 2011)
Great animated film with Gary Oldman's peacock villian a real highlight of these movies. Hope there will be a no. 3

Paul (Greg Motolla, 2011)
It was Ok but considering the comic talents on show should have been better.

Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2010)
BIG disappointment.

Men In Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld, 2012)
I think I quite liked it when I saw it but I can barely remember anything about it now.

Four Lions (Chris Morris, 2010)
Over-rated.

The Angels' Share (Len Loach, 2012)
Tonally awkward film, wasn't too keen on this either.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (9/1/2015 12:02:43 AM)

Let Me In (Matt Reeves, 2010)
Surprisingly excellent remake that stands well on its own. Only fault is some dodgy CGI.

Easy A (Will Gluck, 2010)
Didn't fall for Emma Stone's schtick in this film so wasn't a fan.

Machete (Robert Rodriguez/Ethan Maniquis, 2010)
Daft fun.

The Impossible (J.A. Bayona, 2012)
Emotionally devastating movie, performances are excellent. This should have got more recognition around awards time.

The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson, 2010)
Not Jackson' finest, nor his worst. The fantasy elements are the weakest part.

The Muppets (James Bobin, 2012)
A great laugh with some excellent songs.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (David Yates, 2010)
Pretty spot-on depiction of the first half of the book so although it doesn't really feel like a stand alone film its a worthy entry to the series.

Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore, 2013)
Loads of fun and great characters.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (9/1/2015 12:10:09 AM)

Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010)
Great performances but a tough movie.

Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012)
Nice little oddity.

Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)
Hilarious.

Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficara/John Requa, 2011)
One of the best rom-coms in quite some time, helped by a perfect cast.

Limitless (Neil Burger, 2011)
Not too bad, gets a little lost after the initial idea is introduced.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (9/1/2015 12:12:13 AM)

Hanna (Joe Wright, 2011)
Love this film, not sure why its got such a bad rep. Cate Blanchett hamming it up is a real treat.

Monsters University (Dan Scanlon, 2013)
Love it! Story not as rich as the original but those characters are still great fun to be around.





AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (9/1/2015 8:18:40 AM)

Men In Black 3 was a massive surprise for me. I was expecting to hate it, and ended up really enjoying it. Though, admittedly it isn't very memorable. [:)]

110. Byzantium (Neil Jordan, 2012) - More Saoirse Ronan. This time as a young vampire in love with a human... but this is far from reverse Twilight. Features a rare great performance from Gemma Arterton as Saoirse's "mother".

109. The Bourne Legacy (Tony Gilroy, 2012) - This film has no reason for existing. A Bourne film with no Bourne in it is a stupid idea. Luckily, this still manages to be an enjoyable action film... but it shouldn't exist. Next years movie with Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner teaming up should be good, though.

108. Barney's Version (Richard J. Lewis, 2010) - Paul Giamatti shows why he's one of the best actors around in this comedy drama.

107. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013) - If Siri sounded like Scarlett Johansson, I'm sure a lot of people would be falling in love with their iPhones (even more than Apple nuts already have, I mean).

106. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (Lorene Scafaria, 2012) - Steve Carrell isn't known for his subtle, understated performances, but really manages to pull it off here. And Keira Knightley is great as the girl he spends his last days on Earth with. Funny, emotional and surprisingly sweet.

105. In A Better World (Susanne Bier, 2010) - A prank gone wrong leads to some soul-searching for two families in this emotional Danish drama from Susanne Bier.

104. Rust And Bone (Jacques Audiard, 2012) - Marion Cotillard is a whale trainer whose life is turned upside down when she loses a leg. Matthias Schoenaerts is the lowlife ex-con whose life is straightened up when he meets Marion Cotillard.

103. Philomena (Stephen Frears, 2013) - Steve Coogan and Judi Dench head to America to find Judi's son who was given away by the Magdalene Sisters.

102. Maleficent (Robert Stromberg, 2014) - I wasn't expecting to like this, but really did.

101. The Flowers Of War (Zhang Yimou, 2012) - Zhang Yimou is one of my favourite directors, with a flair for gorgeous visuals that it's hard to match. Christian Bale is one of my favourite actors. So it's not much of a surprise that I really enjoyed this film about a conman who worms his way into a girls school during WWII, only to find himself caring for and protecting the girls from the Japanese. (I realise this description makes Bale's character sound more pervy than he actually is).




ElephantBoy -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (9/1/2015 11:47:26 AM)


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ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

Men In Black 3 was a massive surprise for me. I was expecting to hate it, and ended up really enjoying it. Though, admittedly it isn't very memorable. [:)]

110. Byzantium (Neil Jordan, 2012) - More Saoirse Ronan. This time as a young vampire in love with a human... but this is far from reverse Twilight. Features a rare great performance from Gemma Arterton as Saoirse's "mother".

109. The Bourne Legacy (Tony Gilroy, 2012) - This film has no reason for existing. A Bourne film with no Bourne in it is a stupid idea. Luckily, this still manages to be an enjoyable action film... but it shouldn't exist. Next years movie with Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner teaming up should be good, though.

108. Barney's Version (Richard J. Lewis, 2010) - Paul Giamatti shows why he's one of the best actors around in this comedy drama.

107. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013) - If Siri sounded like Scarlett Johansson, I'm sure a lot of people would be falling in love with their iPhones (even more than Apple nuts already have, I mean).

106. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (Lorene Scafaria, 2012) - Steve Carrell isn't known for his subtle, understated performances, but really manages to pull it off here. And Keira Knightley is great as the girl he spends his last days on Earth with. Funny, emotional and surprisingly sweet.

105. In A Better World (Susanne Bier, 2010) - A prank gone wrong leads to some soul-searching for two families in this emotional Danish drama from Susanne Bier.

104. Rust And Bone (Jacques Audiard, 2012) - Marion Cotillard is a whale trainer whose life is turned upside down when she loses a leg. Matthias Schoenaerts is the lowlife ex-con whose life is straightened up when he meets Marion Cotillard.

103. Philomena (Stephen Frears, 2013) - Steve Coogan and Judi Dench head to America to find Judi's son who was given away by the Magdalene Sisters.

102. Maleficent (Robert Stromberg, 2014) - I wasn't expecting to like this, but really did.

101. The Flowers Of War (Zhang Yimou, 2012) - Zhang Yimou is one of my favourite directors, with a flair for gorgeous visuals that it's hard to match. Christian Bale is one of my favourite actors. So it's not much of a surprise that I really enjoyed this film about a conman who worms his way into a girls school during WWII, only to find himself caring for and protecting the girls from the Japanese. (I realise this description makes Bale's character sound more pervy than he actually is).


He isn't? Ever seen Little Miss Sunshine? And actually when called upon in the Office think he does the same. Hopefully Foxcatcher should dispell any mirths of Carell just being a rubbery face joker.




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (9/1/2015 11:50:12 AM)

Maybe I should watch Little Miss Sunshine...




ElephantBoy -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (9/1/2015 11:57:30 AM)


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ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

Maybe I should watch Little Miss Sunshine...



You should. It was a little over hyped, but still a very charming film, with great performances, and actually it is darker than the promotion suggests.




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (10/1/2015 6:30:36 PM)

100. Where Do We Go Now? (Nadine Labaki, 2011)

99. Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010)

98. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (Lasse Hallstrom, 2011)

97. City Of Life And Death (Chuan Lu, 2010)

96. Date Night (Shawn Levy, 2010)

95. Water For Elephants (Francis Lawrence, 2011)

94. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller, 2013)

93. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)

92. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, 2011)

91. Love & Other Drugs (Edward Zwick, 2010)




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (11/1/2015 11:20:05 AM)

90. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin, 2011)

89. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010)

88. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

87. Whip It (Drew Barrymore, 2010)

86. Now You See Me (Louis Letterier, 2013)

85. The Help (Tate Taylor, 2011)

84. Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki, 2010)

83. Bodyguards & Assassins (Teddy Chan, 2010)

82. True Grit (Ethan and Joel Coen, 2011)

81. Reign Of Assassins (Chao-Bin Su/John Woo, 2010)




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (12/1/2015 2:02:19 AM)

150. Kung-Fu Panda 2 - Bit disappointed by this
149. Paul - And this
148. Robin Hood - Great film, Nice to know I'm not the only one thinks so
147. Safe House - Ok
146. Despicable Me 2 - Fu
144. Men In Black 3 - Better than 2, worse than 1
143. Four Lions - Hilarious. One of the best live action comedy films of the last decade
142. God Bless America - Very good




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (12/1/2015 11:46:43 AM)

80. Source Code (Duncan Jones, 2011) - The plot of this film kind of reminded me a bit of a cross between Assassin's Creed and an episode of The X-Files in which Mulder and Scully keep on getting blown up until they can find a way to stop the explosion. Jake Gyllenhaal is the lead, but the film really belongs to the ladies, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga.

79. The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet, 2010) - Beautiful animation with minimal dialogue from the French master about a magician who loses his job to rock n' roll and travels to an amazingly detailed Edinburgh to perform at the Fringe Festival.

78. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (Lauren Montgomery, 2010) - Kal El's long lost older cousin, Kara Zor-L crashlands on Earth, though thanks to time dilation she is still a teenage girl. As Clark Kent/Superman, Kal El attempts to be a mentor to Kara, but Darkseid, the lord of Apokolips has his own designs on her. Superman must team up with Batman and Wonder Woman in order to make sure Kara does not become a deadly villain. It's billed as a Superman/Batman movie, but what it really is is an origin story for Supergirl.

77. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (Jay Oliva, 2013) - You know why DC Comics continuity is currently in the troubled New 52? It's because of this story in which the Flash must restore history to how it's supposed to be after an arch-nemesis changes everything. This is far more brutal than I was expecting, and considering I'm not a fan of The Flash, much more interesting than I was expecting from such a Flash-heavy story.

76. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Jose Padilha, 2010) - A superior sequel to a film about the brutal militarised police force actively taking out (and perpetrating) street crime on the streets of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.

75. The Cabin In The Woods (Drew Goddard, 2012) - Originally due for release in 2010, this film that is co-written by Joss Whedon and joyfully deconstructs the horror genre was delayed until just after Whedon became a household name (again) with The Avengers. The final half hour is some of the most manic and gory you're likely to find from US cinema this decade.

74. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (John Madden, 2011) - A bunch of old people go to India and stay in an unfinished hotel run by the eternally optimistic Dev Patel. It's more interesting than it sounds.

73. Ruby Sparks (Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris, 2012) - A weird and surprising romantic comedy in which a struggling author (Paul Dano) creates the ultimate Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who then comes to life as the delightful Zoe Kazan. An originally light-hearted film takes a dark turn towards the end.

72. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2014) - Leonardo diCaprio teams up with Martin Scorsese again to create what could be seen as the conclusion of a trilogy along with Goodfellas and Casino. It's far from the greatness of those two films, but it's great nonetheless.

71. The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012) - Considering the amount of comparisons to Twilight that were made prior to release, this is one of the biggest surprises of the decade so far.




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (13/1/2015 10:15:10 AM)

70. Midnight In Paris (Woody Allen, 2011) - Part of Woody Allen's ongoing European Road Trip series (that's what it feels like, at least). Owen Wilson is obsessed with Paris in the 1920's, convinced that it is the golden age. Then one night away from his fiancee, he's picked up by a car and is transported there.

69. The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann, 2013) - This looked awful, so when I saw it, I was shocked at how much I liked it. It helps that Leonardo diCaprio is rarely not watchable.

68. The Man From Nowhere (Jeong-beom Lee, 2010) - A pawn store clerk finds himself caught up in a drug ring after his neighbour is killed and her young daughter is kidnapped. What the dealers don't know is that he is ex-special forces, and you shouldn't fuck with people he cares about.

67. The Guard (John Michael McDonagh, 2011) - Brendan Gleeson is fantastic as a corrupt Irish police officer in an unlikely partnership with Don Cheadle's by-the-book American. He's violent, amoral, offensive... and yet you never once stop rooting for him.

66. The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc Webb, 2012) - Completely unnecessary reboot this may be, but it's entertaining at least. And the performances of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone who are perfectly cast as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy elevate this above all previous Spider-Man films except the second.

65. Rio (Carlos Saldanha, 2011) - Jesse Eisenberg does his Jesse Eisenberg thing. Except this time he's one of the last of a rare breed of parrot... someone's pet that is stolen and taken back to Rio.

64. Life Of Pi (Ang Lee, 2012) - Ang Lee brings a popular novel to life in spectacular fashion.

63. Thor (Kenneth Branagh, 2011) - Until very recently, this was much much lower in my list. But subsequent viewings have brought out its excellence for me. The cast is strong throughout, but - starting a trend he continues in every Marvel movie he appears in since - it's Tom Hiddleston's Loki that steals the show. A brilliant performance.

62. American Hustle (David O. Russell, 2014) - Look at that cast. Christian Bale. Bradley Cooper. Jeremy Renner. Amy Adams. Jennifer Lawrence. It was going to be very difficult for this film to not be great.

61. Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012) - It's been quite a couple of years for original sci fi. This imaginitive film starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis as future and far future versions of the same character brought great action with an interesting time travel plot (that doesn't make sense, but when does time travel ever?), and there isn't a Marvel superhero in sight.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (13/1/2015 11:41:40 PM)

The Bourne Legacy - Not bad but a little disappointing and I really thought Rachel Weisz's performance was terrible.

Her - One of the best of last year, amazing film.

Rust and Bone - Good but a bit of a slog.

Philomena - Lovely film.

Maleficent - Jolie is excellent but the film is a bit of a misfire.

Will have to check out The Flowers of War, I'm a big fan of the director and star as well.

Submarine - This was a nifty little surprise indie.

Water for Elephants - Surprisingly very good, unique setting and Christoph Waltz is always worthwhile.

Drive - Excellent.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Even better. I think I've watched it about 4 times and I'm still trying to fit it all together.

Shutter Island - OTT in a good way, Scorsese having a wild experiment in psychological thriller. Leo is perfect as always.

The Social Network - Fincher knows how to spin a great yarn. His clinical style of filmmaking suits this tale.

The Help - Lots of great roles for the females.

Ponyo - One mainly for the kids but this Miyazaki tale is very sweet.

True Grit - Coens go western, as excellent as you'd expect.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (13/1/2015 11:48:49 PM)

Source Code - Neat, tricksy sci-fi with a Groundhog Day style story.

The Cabin in the Woods - Wild horror movie, pretty original and should appeal to fans of the genre who can have fun spotting all the references.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Cast are very good but the material's a little flaky. Goes on too long.

The Wolf of Wall Street - Epic black comedy from Scorsese and DiCaprio, easily the best film of 2014

The Hunger Games - I can't quite hooked on this series. Lawrence is awesome of course.

Midnight in Paris - Along with Blue Jasmine this seems like Allen back at the peak of his game.

The Great Gatsby - Brilliant soundtrack rather dull film despite all the razzle dazzle.

The Amazing Spider-Man - Well cast but a bit of a pointless rebooting.

Rio - Colourful animation that has maybe one too many characters rammed in there.

Life of Pi - Looks fantastic, Lee definitely deserved that Oscar.

Thor - One of the best of the Avenger movies though I still argue that Portman is miscast. She doesn't give a bad performance it's just she's too stunning to be playing a mousy character. Still I assume she helped with bums on seats.

American Hustle - Awesome stuff from David O. Russell, quickly becoming one of my fav directors.





AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (14/1/2015 10:26:20 AM)

60. Aftershock (Feng Xiaogang, 2010) - Not the 2012 horror movie, but an emotional film about a family broken apart after the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, and how the lives of two children are affected by it.

59. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird, 2011) - Every time I see a new Mission: Impossible movie, I expect the steam to have run out of the franchise. But every time, I've been wrong. It's very much the same old M:I, with more of what you'd expect, but when it's done this well, that hardly matters.

58. Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor, 2013) - Game Of Thrones director Alan Taylor's sequel to Thor surpasses the original in pretty much every way. The action is upped, with all of the Seven Realms now featured (if only briefly)... which is great, because it means the fantasy elements of the franchise are brought into the fore, which makes a nice change from the increasingly science fiction focus of the other Marvel movies (Winter Soldier excluded). The plot is generally more interesting than what was essentially a fish out of water comedy in the first movie, and of course... Tom Hiddleston puts in his greatest performance yet as Loki.

57. The Wolverine (James Mangold, 2013) - This film has one of the most disappointing finale's in recent years. But everything up until that point is first class Wolverine action, with Hugh Jackman as excellent as ever in the role, and brilliant performances by a pair of Japanese actresses.

56. The King's Speech (Tom Hooper, 2011) - Colin Firth plays the King with a stammer getting elocution lessons from Geoffrey Rush's excellent struggling Australian actor. Helena Bonham Carter stands out in her performance as the Queen Mother in this true story that's pure Oscar bait, but actually worth watching.

55. Get Him To The Greek (Nicholas Stoller, 2010) - Russell Brand and Jonah Hill play Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. Never been a big fan of either of their acting, but this is actually quite hilarious. Helped along by supporting turns by Rose Byrne and P. Diddy, as well as Brand's experiences with drug addiction making his performance scarily realistic (even though it's played for laughs).

54. Salt (Philip Noyce, 2010) - Another real surprise, considering its reputation as just "Bourne with a woman". Angelina Jolie is brilliant as the CIA agent accused by a Russian defector of being a Soviet sleeper agent who's about to assassinate the current Russian president on American soil. Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor are the CIA agents attempting to bring her in when she decides to run. Great action, some nice subversion of the "I must rescue my spouse" subplot common in this type of film. Real twists and turns that mean you're never actually sure if our heroine really is who she says she is. Highly recommended.

53. Point Blank (Fred Cavaye, 2010) - A man's pregnant wife is kidnapped by gangster's and he is forced to do their bidding in this high octane action thriller from France.

52. Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve, 2013) - When I first put this on, I thought it was going to be a prison drama. Boy, was I wrong. It's a dark, brutal film of two parts. Hugh Jackman's is a tale of how far some parents will go for their children, and the perils of vigilante justice, whilst Jake Gyllenhaal's is a mystery thriller which managed to keep me guessing until almost the end. These two characters, their struggles and interactions with each other are all masterfully portrayed.

51. Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro, 2013) - It's loud, OTT, cheesy and pretty much everything his Spanish language films aren't. But, man, if you don't just have a blast watching this Hollywood take on the Japanese giant mecha vs. giant monster genre (I feel they should've just paid for the rights to Neon Genesis Evangelion and called it that. This is the first time I've seen Charlie Hunnam outside of Sons Of Anarchy, and I'm not sure if he has what it takes to lead a movie of this size, despite my thinking he's great as Jax Teller. Rinko Kikuchi, though, is another story. She steals every scene she's in, and would've been one of my choices to play the lead in the upcoming live action Ghost In The Shell. (I like Scarlett Johansson, but would've preferred an Asian actress).




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (15/1/2015 9:55:15 AM)

50. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher, 2011) - David Fincher's take on the Swedish crime novel is every bit as dark and brutal as its Swedish counterpart, and Rooney Mara manages the impossible by actually managing to give Noomi Rapace a run for her money in her performance of the reclusive, goth hacker Lisbeth Salander. As you should be able to tell from the second part of my username, I approve of the music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the excellent opening industrial metal cover of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song), and find that pair's style of music is a much better fit in this kind of film than in The Social Network. In the end though, the film does have a few issues... not least of which is its insistence on tying up the loose ends of the far less interesting corporate corruption subplot for half an hour after the main plot has already concluded.

49. Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin/Chris Renaud, 2010) - Hilarious animation about a supervillain and his hapless minions finding new humanity after coming to care for three orphan girls.

48. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011) - Was never the hugest fan of this franchise, and my first thought upon hearing that this movie was happening was, "why?". Upon seeing it, though, it's a surprisingly thoughtful, moving and interesting look into not only the origin of the talking apes but also the downfall of human civilisation. All grounded by an excellent performance by the every-reliable mo-cap master Andy Serkis as original smart ape, Caesar. I've yet to see the sequel, but I hope it's as good as this.

47. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (David Yates, 2011) - The epic finale to the Harry Potter series, in which Hogwarts finally goes to war with the forces of Voldemort. The stakes are higher than ever, and the result is my favourite film in the franchise.

46. Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010) - A Canadian woman investigates her mother's past life in Palestine, and discovers a heartbreaking tale of rape, imprisonment, torture and religious oppression.

45. Elysium (Neill Blomkamp, 2013) - This tale of an earth on its last legs being governed by a utopia in orbit that has strict rules on who is and isn't allowed to live there is an excellent, action-packed take on illegal immigration. When you think about it, not wanting everyone to be on the space station does make sense, because there's an extremely limited amount of space on there, but that doesn't mean the methods used by the villains of the piece (including a power-hungry Jodie Foster) are any less despicable. I'm in an extreme minority here, but I actually thought this was far better than District 9.

44. Les Miserables (Tom Hooper, 2013) - A take on the classic musical that manages to be epic and extremely intimate at the same time, thanks largely to the decision for the actors and actresses to sing live instead of record their parts separately. There are quite a few fantastic performances here, but my favourite belongs to Samantha Barks, who plays Eponine and was completely overshadowed by the - admittedly great, but hardly in it - Anne Hathaway.

43. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Guy Ritchie, 2011) - Holmes and Watson go international as they attempt to track down and foil the plot of Professor James Moriarty to start a World War, with himself supplying the weaponry. Anyone at all familiar with the books can tell exactly what the finale is going to involve as soon as Mycroft (played by Stephen Fry... who else?) mentions a summit at Reichenbach, but the fun is in how they get to that point. And it is fun... with the help of Noomi Rapace's gypsy tribe, the pair get involved in a lot of action. Some may say that the emphasis on action over mystery misses the point of Sherlock Holmes, but the story this is largely based on - The Final Problem - is basically just a long chase followed by a fight, so they've actually added more mystery to the mix for the film.

42. Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau, 2010) - Tony Stark was already pretty full of himself, but now the world knows he's a superhero, that ego has inflated to the point that he's on the verge of losing the few real friends he has. The son of one of his father's enemies is out for revenge, a business rival is ready to take any means necessary to upstage Tony, and to top it all of, he's dying. So... not a good time for Iron Man. Luckily, S.H.I.E.L.D. are on hand to provide a bit perspective, with our first real look at Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, the returning Phil Coulson, and the debut of Scarlett Johansson's badass superspy, Black Widow. Some people think this film doesn't stand alone. I think it absolutely does. Some people think Johansson doesn't get enough to do. I think they got it just right in gradually revealing her abilities before completely wiping the floor with an entire security team in the final act. Some people think the villains are a bit disappointing... I think they're right.

41. Frozen (Chris Buck/Jennifer Lee, 2013) - Let It Go... you love it, or you want to strangle every kid you hear singing it.




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (16/1/2015 10:06:08 AM)

40. Kick Ass (Matthew Vaughn, 2010) - An excellent subversion of the superhero genre, about a geeky kid who gets bored and starts dressing up whilst helping citizens with help from his Myspace account only to find himself mixed up in a battle between mob boss Frank D'Amico and real heroes Big Daddy and Hit Girl. Performances from the lead cast are great all round, but an 11 year old Chloe Moretz exudes so much talent that the film probably should have been called Hit Girl. No matter its title though, Kick Ass is a hilarious and often brutal piece of fun.

39. The Raid (Gareth Evans, 2012) - That thing I just said about Kick Ass being brutal? I take it back, because no one in that movie gets killed by the fragments of a broken door. Unlike in this brilliant Indonesian action film from Welshman Gareth Evans. The plot is as simple as they come - a police raid on an apartment block goes badly wrong, and Iko Uwais has to shoot, punch and stab (mostly stab) his way through it to get to the building's evil landlord. This simple plot, though, gives countless opportunities for some of the greatest martial arts action filmed in quite some time.

38. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (Peter Jackson, 2014) - This is the point where Gimli says "too low". I agree completely, Gimli. It is too low. Blame the fact that the first half hour consists of two overly short and hugely disappointing resolutions to cliffhangers from the previous film, and the two hours following that is pretty much just one long protracted scene. Don't get me wrong... I thought it was a great film, obviously. But far short of the spectacular that we were promised by that "the defining chapter..." tagline. Martin Freeman continues to be the perfect Bilbo Baggins, even if he's kind of overshadowed by everybody else in his own film here. Richard Armitage does a great job as Thorin in his descent into madness, and everyone else puts in a great effort, too. Except Evangeline Lilly, who has some impressive action sequences, but whose performance fulls well short on this occasion.

37. The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, 2014) - The Raid told a very simplistic plot in 90 minutes, with some amazing action throughout. In contrast, The Raid 2 is given an extra hour in which to flesh out an impressively large cast of characters in a complex crime epic. So, it's far slower moving, but once the action kicks in it's just as impressive as before, if not moreso.

36. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, 2012) - I wish there was an Emma Watson in my school when I was a kid. That is all.

35. The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011) - George Clooney finds out that his wife - currently in a coma - has been having an affair, and travels with his two daughters to confront her lover in this drama.

34. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012) - Daniel Day Lewis is perfect as the titular President in this tale of the passing of the amendment to the constitution that banned slavery in America. Tommy Lee Jones is also entertaining as a straight-talking "radical".

33. Brave (Mark Andrews/Brenda Chapman, 2012) - Merida's one of the greatest princesses in animation recently. Move over Elsa and Anna... this girl knows how to shoot a bow! Pixar hit it out of the park yet again.

32. The World's End (Edgar Wright, 2013)

31. Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, 2013)

Yeah... I got bored of writing things about halfway through, there. ;-)




AxlReznor -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (19/1/2015 11:56:11 AM)

30. How To Train Your Dragon (Dean DeBlois/Chris Sanders, 2010)

29. Warrior (Gavin O'Connor, 2011)

28. Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron, 2013)

27. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, 2012)

26. Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012)

25. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Edgar Wright, 2010)

24. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev, 2010)

23. The Fighter (David O. Russell, 2011)

22. Prometheus (Ridley Scott, 2012)

21. Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston, 2011)

If you haven't found this list predictable so far, you'll definitely find the final 20 to be as predictable as they come... might as well get it over with now.

20. Star Trek Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams, 2013)

19. Iron Man 3 (Shane Black, 2013)

18. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)

17. Guardians Of The Galaxy (James Gunn, 2014)

16. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony and Joe Russo, 2014)

15. Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)

14. 13 Assassin (Takashi Miike, 2011)

13. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson, 2012)

12. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014)

11. X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn, 2011)

10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Peter Jackson, 2013)

9. X-Men: Days Of Future Past (Bryan Singer, 2014)

8. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2013)

7. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, 2010)

6. Hugo (Martin Scorsese, 2011)

5. Man Of Steel (Zack Snyder, 2013)

4. Cloud Atlas (Lana Wachowski/Tom Tykwer/Andy Wachowski, 2013)

3. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

2. The Avengers (Joss Whedon, 2012)

1. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 2012)




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (20/1/2015 7:42:41 AM)

I need to go through this thread and comment but, for now, happy to see all three Hobbit films near the top.




DONOVAN KURTWOOD -> RE: My favourite films since 2010 (21/1/2015 1:42:25 PM)

Nice list Axl, i need to have a proper look through at everything though.




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